The Briefly for January 15-16, 2020 – The “A Zabar’s Bag Appears” Friday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: NY sues the NYPD, Andrew Yang’s mayoral run is official, how to get vaccinated, James Harden comes to Brooklyn, and more

Today – Low: 44˚ High: 46˚
Rain in the evening and overnight.
This weekend – Low: 34˚ High: 48˚

How to get vaccinated for Covid-19 in New York City. (Jen Carlson and Jen Chung for Gothamist)

Nearly 28% of the people who have gotten vaccinated against the coronavirus in New York City live outside the city. (Reuven Blau and Will Welch for The City)

If you are getting a vaccine, consider making an appointment in the middle of the night to take the burden off the people who don’t have another option but to get it during the day. (Jose Martinez for The City)

According to the mayor, the city is in danger of running out of vaccines next week unless it receives more from the federal government. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Two cases of the more contagious UK strain of Covid-19 have been found in the city. The variant is known as B.1.1.7. and both cases are from late December. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

Citi Field is set to become a 24/7 mega Covid-19 vaccination site. (Angélica Acevedo for QNS)

Photos: Inside the mass vaccination site at the Javits Center. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

People over 65, grocery store workers, and people who work in shelters are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

NY Attorney General Letitia James is suing the city, saying the NYPD has used “a pattern of excessive force” for years and wants a federal monitor to oversee the department’s tactics at future protests. (Ashley Southall for NY Times)

The NYPD is looking into expanding its experiment that removed cops from two streets in Brownsville and replaced them with community information booths. (Eileen Grench for The City)

“No one can afford to live in New York. Yet, eight million people do. How do we do this? We don’t know!” 20 Fran Lebowitz quotes from the absolutely recommended “Pretend It’s a City.” (Christina Izzo for Time Out)


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Real Estate Lust: Three terraces, an open-air zen garden, three bedrooms, two floors, in Soho and only $10.9 million. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

There is no show set in New York City without a Zabar’s joke or tote bag, but Jerry Nadler actually brought a Zabar’s bag to the impeachment. (Gus Saltonstall for Patch)

Governor Cuomo announced indoor dining can resume at half capacity in New York state, except in the city. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

70 bars and restaurants are suing Governor Cuomo alleging that the state’s constantly changing dining regulations violate the businesses’ civil rights. (Erika Adams for Eater)

Last year the mayor announced that Juneteenth would become “an official city holiday.” That was a broken promise. (Gabriel Sandoval for The City)

Mayor de Blasio had a goal to make composting mandatory citywide by 2018. Last year he tried to cut the budget completely. The City Council restored a portion of the funding but it is quickly deteriorating. (Audrey Carleton for Gothamist)

AOC took to Instagram to explain what happened after the attack on the Capitol last week. (@AOC)

What is known about the New York insurrectionists. (Sarah Maslin Nir for NY Times)

Aaron Mostofsky was photographed during last week’s insurrection wearing animal pelts, sporting a police shield and vest, and wizard walking stick is an entire jackass and the son of a Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge and the brother of the vice president of the South Brooklyn Conservative Club. He was arrested on Tuesday in Midwood and released on a $100,000 bond. His animal pelts were confiscated. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

The FBI stopped Eduard Florea, an aspiring Proud Boy (deemed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center), from an attack on “target rick” New York City. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

The Vessel is closed until further notice after a 21-year-old jumped to his death, the third suicide from the structure in less than a year. (Ed Shanahan and Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura for NY Times)

The story of Roxy, a bed bug sniffing pit bull terrier in the center of a legal battle over “ownership” of Roxy between Roxy’s people and the exterminator that laid her people off in March. (Stephanie Simon for NY1)

There’s a food fight brewing on Rockaway Beach over the new lease on boardwalk concessions. (Maggie McGlinchy for Grub Street)

James Harden, welcome to the Brooklyn Nets. (Brian Braiker for Brooklyn Magazine)

860 of the city’s 878 schools offer some form of all-classroom instruction and 247 schools offer five-day-a-week classes to all of their students. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

The city will stop giving the Gifted and Talented test to kindergarteners after this spring, citing the test’s unfairness. Mayor de Blasio doesn’t have a plan to replace the test, that’ll be the next mayor’s problem. (Alejandra O’Connell-Domenech for amNewYork Metro)

Photos: The “most expensive piece of art in the world” and it’s in Grand Central Terminal. The Da Vinci of Debt of 2,600 real college diplomas, each on loan for $100. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

It’s official: Andrew Yang is running for mayor and he’s bringing modified Universal Basic Income with him. (Brigid Bergin for Gothamist)

Mayoral candidate Maya Miley unveiled her New Deal New York roadmap, including a $10 billion investment fund to fuel job creation, transforming NYCHA, and more. (Ariama Long for Queens County Politics)

Voice of Gowanus, a coalition of neighborhood civic groups, retained a lawyer and an environmental consultant to fight the city’s Gowanus rezoning. (Katia Kelly for Pardon Me For Asking)

New York City is finally flushing the toilet and will be seeking to cancel all outstanding contracts with the Trump Organization, including the Wollman Rink, Lasker Rink, and a carousel in Central Park and the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

The mayor unveiled his $92.28 billion 2022 preliminary budget, including $5.25 billion in cuts due to Covid-19 costs and a loss of property tax revenue. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Governors Ball, a group of optimists, announced dates for September 24-26, 2021. (Amanda Hatfield for BrooklynVegan)

The NYPD found a dead body floating in the East River near the Astoria Ferry Terminal. The identity and cause of death is yet unknown. (Christina Santucci for LIC Post)

A guide to vegetable-forward dining in New York City. (Deanna Ting for Resy)

The 10 best things about living in NYC, according to New Yorkers. Not on the list, but should be, is “it’s not the midwest.” (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Thanks to reader Amy for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for November 10-12, 2020 – The “2.26% Positive” Tuesday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: What Biden’s win could mean for NYC, the Staten Island Yankees are dead, the Fountain of the Fairs has been restored, school’s cool, and more

Today – Low: 61˚ High: 68˚
Clear throughout the day.

Non-white city workers make less than their white counterparts according to a new report from the City Council. Unsurprisingly, men also earn more than women. (Sydney Periera for Gothamist)

Interview: Mike Fadem from pizza place Ops wants you to order salad and wine with your pizza. (Noëmie Carrant for RESY)

Photos: I love these old photos from clubs in the city back in the 90s. Photos from Tunnel. (Daniela Kirsch, photos by Steve Eichner for Patch)

How safe are the outdoor elaborate dining enclosures that are popping up across the city, turning outdoor dining into enclosed outdoor dining? “You’re actually creating an environment where the virus is within the enclosure.” -Dr. Abraar Karan, Harvard Medical School. (Winnie Hu and Nate Schweber for NY Times)

One of the city’s oddball museums, the KGB Museum, is being forced to close. (Sarah Bahr for NY Times)

After being damaged in Superstorm Sandy, the interactive mist garden Fountain of the Fairs has been restored at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

Where to volunteer and donate this holiday season. (Davin Gannon for 6sqft)

Apartment Porn: A $26.5 million full-floor Chelsea penthouse apartment. Take a video tour. (Matt Coneybeare for Viewing NYC)

Photos: NYC celebrates Donald Trump losing his job. (Amanda Hatfield, photos by Sachyn Mital for BrooklynVegan)

More photos: Even more celebrating. (John Del Signore, photos by Scott Heins, Scott Lynch, Roy Rochlin, CS Muncy, and Sai Mokhtari for Gothamist)

Even more photos: Celebrations continued over Biden’s victory. (Stacie Joy for EV Grieve)

Even much more photo: Astoria celebrates. (Christina Santucci for Queens Post)

Five takeaways for what Biden’s win could mean for the city. (Emma G. Fitzsimmons for NY Times)

Biden’s victory also means good news for NYC’s transportation infrastructure. (Mark Hallum for amNewYork Metro)

Starting on December 1, two-way tolls are coming to the Verrazzano Bridge. (Noah Singer for Brooklyn Eagle)

AriZona Iced Tea is stepping up to help Momma Zee’s Food To Plez Deli. Momma Zee’s is the 1st woman & black owned bodega in NYC since 1987 and is in danger of closing due to the pandemic. Their Go Fund Me has AriZona Icea Tea matching up to $25,000. (Emily Davenport for amNewYork Metro)

The Rockefeller Center ice skating rink will be open this year on a condensed schedule to give restaurants as much time as possible in the sunken plaza. Skating returns on November 21 through January 16. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

The city’s absentee ballots will begin to be counted this week. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Starting on Wednesday night at 6:30 pm, The Public Theater will use their facade as a canvas for the exhibit “SAY THEIR NAMES,” a panoramic view of Black lives killed by the police between 2013 and present day, curated by Garlia Cornelia Jones and features the work of ten artists. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

Amaury Abreau, a nine-year NPD veteran, was indicted along with four co-conspirators in Brooklyn federal court on Monday for playing a key role in a multinational cocaine trafficking ring. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

As expected, the Staten Island Yankees are dead. The Yankees ended their affiliation with the team after Major League Baseball limited the number of teams each team could have. There’s a chance that an unaffiliated Atlantic League team could fill the gap. (Amanda Farinacci for NY1)

Staten Island could be the city’s next Covid-19 hotspot. The 10307 zip code, Tottenville, is sitting at a 6.57% positivity rate for the last week. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

It’s not just Tottenville, a second wave of Covid-19 in NYC is looming. (Joseph Goldstein and Dana Rubenstein for NY Times)

The interactive Covid-19 map by zip code is back. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

It’s been six weeks since indoor dining resumed and with a city-wide 2.26% positivity rate, Mayor de Blasio is calling for it to be reevaluated. (Erika Adams for Eater)

Speaking of the 2.26% positivity rate, we are inching closer and closer to NYC’s 3% threshold for a citywide school closure. (Christina Veiga for Chalkbeat)

If schools remain open, it’s gonna be a chilly winter in classrooms. The Department of Education’s plans for the winter are to keep windows open for ventilation. It’s almost like sending kids back to school was something we’re prepared for. (David Cruz for Gothamist)

14 restaurants for a Thanksgiving meal. (Beth Landman for Eater)

Thanks to reader @directorchick for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for November 8-9, 2020 – The “Pure Joy in One Specific Eviction” Sunday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: Legal weed gets Cuomo’s support, date night delivery in Manhattan, Covid rates hit 2%, a new BLM mural, and more

Today – Low: 50˚ High: 70˚
Clear throughout the day.

Governor Cuomo says the conditions are “ripe” for legalizing marijuana sales. The “ripe” conditions appear to be after years of promises and after New York’s third neighbor has legalized it. (Bronx Times)

Apartment Porn: A $1.7 Park Slope condo with some of the highest ceilings I’ve ever seen and two stunning outdoor spaces that are bigger than the apartment. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

It was hard to ignore the pure joy that swept most of the city on Saturday as the country decided to give Joe Biden a new job and evict Donald Trump from the White House. (Edgar Sandoval for NY Times)

From November 15 through December 15, you can catch the 2020 Creative Climate Awards, hosted by the Human Impacts Institute, across four boroughs. 15 artists will each create window installations in previously empty storefronts that highlight the climate crisis. (Jessy Edwards for The Brooklyn Reader)

How “Defund the Police” became a flashpoint in competitive New York races. (Luis Ferré-Sadurní and Jesse McKinley for NY Times)

He’s called Black NYPD officers as “animals,” Public Advocate Jumaane Williams as a “twitching missing link” on a police message board, and according to a report from the City Council, he’s Deputy Inspector James Kobek, the commanding officer of the NYPD’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, whose duties include “promoting a fair and inclusive workplace that is free from discrimination and harassment.” He has been removed from his post as the investigation continues. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

“Black Lives Matter” is a political statement according to the NYPD officer that ejected a 23-year-old from wearing a BLM shirt at a polling site. The shirt wearer was threatened with arrest if he didn’t leave the polling site. The officer was, of course, white and the incident was caught on video. (Nick Pinto for Gothamist)

The NYPD seized a Brooklyn playground and is using it to park their personal vehicles. (Julianne Cuba for Streetsblog)

There is a new Black Lives Matter mural in midtown by artist Alexandre Keto. You can find it at 1100 Sixth Avenue at 43rd Street and it will be on display for at least four months and was commissioned by ArtBridge and done via the Department of Cultural Affairs’ City Canvas program, which turns construction fencing into art. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Five things to know if you’re going out to protest in New York City. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Steve Cohen is the new owner of the Mets and he’s starting by flushing the team’s front office from Citi Field in, ahem, Flushing. (Robert Pozarycki for amNewyork Metro)

Want to hike or bike from NYC to Canada? Weird idea, but the Empire State Trail will be finished this week and will, yes indeed, connect NYC to Canada. (Will Gleason for Time Out)

NYC filming locations for The Undoing on HBO Max. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

Governor Cuomo gave the go-ahead for some restaurants inside the previous Brooklyn “red zones” to resume indoor dining. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

The city’s average positivity rate continues to climb, hitting 2% for the first time since June. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

Did you know that Thomas D. Rice, the creator of the “Jim Crow” song and dance, is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery? (Noah Singer for Brooklyn Eagle)

If you want to gleefully count down the days left in the Trump presidency, head over to Long Island City to see the Trump countdown clock on 44th Dr. (Michael Dorgan for LIC Post)

The city will have a special election on February 2, 20201 to fill the City Council seat recently vacated by Rory Lancman in the 24th City Council District, which covers Kew Gardens Hills, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Pomonok, Jamaica Estate, and Briarwood. Lancman was appointed by the governor as Special Counsel for Ratepayer Protection. (Allie Griffin for Queens Post)

QAnon supporter Mark Szuszkiewicz has been elected to the New York State Assembly, defeating Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus, to represent Coney Island, Bay Ridge, Brighton Beach, Sea Gate. He’s claimed that Tom Hanks is a pedophile, downplayed the severity of Covid-19, and claimed face masks spread Covid-19. (Rose Adams for Brooklyn Paper)

The NYC Sheriff’s Office broke up a hookah party inside a warehouse in Kingsbridge in the Bronx with over 125 attendees. (David Cruz for Gothamist)

There are signs of Christmas all over the city, but who would have expected an anarchist Christmas wreath to pop up on St Marks so early? It’s anarchy! (EV Grieve)

The Manhattan date night delivery guide. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)